Memorable Manitobans: Harvey Willis Ferrier (1873-1957)
Born at Green River, Ontario on 24 October 1873, son of Obediah Peter Ferrier (c1834-1932) and Emma Anderson (c1839-?), he had come to Winnipeg by 1901. He graduated from Wesley College in 1905 and became a Methodist minister.
In 1914, he was appointed to a church at Fort William, Ontario, and later served at various locations around Manitoba, including Reston, Russell, Minto United Church (1945-1946), Springhill United Church (1946-1947), Killarney, Eden, and Gregg. Interspersed with his religious duties were periods teaching in public schools, at East Kildonan Collegiate (1924-1930) and service as Principal of Polson School (1928-1930), Prince Edward School (1930-1942), Oak Bluff School (1942-1943), High Bluff Village School (1943-1944), and Whitemouth School (1948).
On 12 September 1906, he married Agnes Cornelia Deacon (c1879-1927) at Winnipeg. The couple had two sons: Willis Richard Ferrier (1908-?) and Gordon Harvey Ferrier. The family resided at 102 Lipton Street and he was active in the Native Sons of Canada.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
“Settlement made in East Kildonan school walkout,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 September 1934, page 9.
“Say Canada first principal must not be dropped,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 April 1937, page 7.
“Prince Edward students honor H.W. Ferrier,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 June 1942, page 4.
“Britisher takes bride to reside in Victoria,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 August 1947, page 8.
“Widely-known cleric, Rev. Harvey Ferrier dies in hospital,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 February 1957, page 2.
Brown - Boorman family tree, Ancestry.
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